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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in News on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
Wealthy California Boarding School Bottled By Law Passed In 2020

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Thacher School, a private boarding school located in Ojai, California, released a statement acknowledging a civil suit that was filed against former faculty and staff of the school alleging the sexual assault and misconduct of students dating back to the 1980’s. 


In their article, Brittany Mejia and her associates, staff writers for the Los Angeles Times, outlined a series of cases in which Thacher School faculty had allegedly committed a number of sexual assaults and various other acts of sexual misconduct on students throughout the past four decades. Many of these incidents had been reported by the victims and their families, with some escalating to the point of being reviewed by local authorities, but none had been investigated enough to bring the assailants to justice. 


The Thacher School is one of the wealthiest and most prestigious private schools in the nation, with an annual endowment of $176 million. Parents expect their children to attend school in an environment with not only the highest academic, athletic, and social standards, but an environment with exceptional moral and ethical standards and conduct. Rightfully so, as the Thacher School’s tuition is $64,700 a year.


The Thacher School’s statement, which you may read here, apologizes to the victims and their families, and states that a Los Angeles-based law firm has been engaged to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the allegations. 


This is another example of a powerful, wealthy institution doing the bare minimum to mitigate liability in child sexual assault cases, and the Thacher School would have never acknowledged it’s crimes had the victims not been presented the opportunity to pursue legal action in civil court. Last year, the passing of California Assembly Bill 218 opened a 3-year window for victims of child sexual assaults, in which the statute of limitations had expired, to file their claims. Read more on AB 218 here.


Kristensen LLP has advocated for the rights and protections of sexual assault victims, especially including child sexual assault victims, and has successfully represented said victims in civil court for years. Our belief in the support and protection of sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment-related victims is so rooted in our culture, in fact, that we proudly employ one – a former client turned employee and future attorney who’s channeled her experience into law and justice!


Sexual harassment is a version of sexual assault. Not sure if you’ve been sexually harassed according to the law? Read our blog on what constitutes sexual harassment. However you may have been unfortunately victimized under the umbrella of sexual crimes, know that Kristensen LLP is here for you. Especially if your case falls under the area of interest – the 3-year window opened by CA AB 218 – call us today for a free, confidential consultation!